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One bad inning costs Morton vs. Gold leaders

DOWNERS GROVE – Morton softball had played well enough to enter Friday’s game at Downers Grove South as a legitimate contender to win the West Suburban Gold, but the Mustangs’ momentum was halted in one inning.

Morton committed three errors in the third inning and the hosts capitalized with three runs. Those three runs proved the difference in Downers’ 4-1 win.

“We had one bad inning,” Morton coach Tom Eukovich said. “We didn’t play our A game.”

Both teams entered the game undefeated in conference play. Morton fell to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in the Gold.

The visiting Mustangs got on the board in the top of the first inning with an RBI single from Karina Madera to drive home Gabby King. Then Downers Grove South starter Kelly Schmitt left the game with an injury and was replaced by freshman lefty Caroline Hedgcock.

Hedgcock surrendered just two hits the rest of the way.

“I think this is the first lefty that we’ve faced,” Eukovich said. “You don’t see that many.”

South scored one in the bottom of the first to tie the game. All four of South’s runs off of Morton starter Alyssa Galasso were unearned.

“I’m happy with the way we’re playing,” Eukovich said. “It’s just that we didn’t play good defensively, which cost us those three runs.”

Morton, which beat Hinsdale South, Willowbrook and Whitney Young earlier in the week, will have another shot at the Gold leaders on May 13 in Berwyn.

“I think we’ll have a chance to beat them at our place, but defensively we made some big mistakes,” Eukovich said.

Morton now is in a week that includes six games, four of which are conference games. Sophomore Alyssa LeCour should see time on the mound to give Galasso a break. LeCour was recently called up and has stepped into the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

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